February 1, 2024


Futsal Court Grand Opening


Join us for a ribbon cutting and dedication of the new Futsal Courts at Washington Park. The event is this Saturday, February 3, at 1 p.m.

There will be lots of fun happening at Washington Park on Saturday:

The second stop on the San Diego FC's Ball Tour

We Love Esco Day! Day (8-10 a.m.)

Street Soccer Cup & Finals (11 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Skateboard Trick Competition (1-2 p.m.)

More information can be found here.



Escondido Comprehensive Active Transportation Strategy

Do you have ideas for making it safer and easier to get around Escondido by foot, bike, or transit? We want to hear from you!

How do you currently travel and how would you like to travel?

Where and what kind of improvements to the City's pedestrian, bike, and transit networks are needed to help you safely get where you want to go?

What new or expanded mobility services would you like to see in Escondido?

To provide feedback, visit our project website at www.escondido.org/mobility. Here you can take our brief survey to share your experience getting around Escondido and provide location-specific comments on the City's pedestrian, bike, and transit networks using our interactive feedback map.



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Escondido Business News

For the Love of Chocolate' Festival returns to Escondido a few days before Valentine's Day The San Diego Union-Tribune

City of Escondido kicks off 'Love Esco Day' to start one month of service projects- CBS 8

Escondido Community Foundation opens artist grant applications The Coast News Group

Divine Fog Realty holds ribbon cutting Escondido Times-Advocate

Chamber to host wellness fair Feb. 29 Escondido Times-Advocate


Voluntary Survey Sent Out to County Residents to Report Storm Damage

San Diego County residents and businesses who experienced flooding damage during Monday's storm can report the damage through an online survey. Completing the voluntary form will assist the County of San Diego with collecting damage information related to the storm.

The survey will only be used to gather information to determine if the County should request state and/or federal assistance. Completing the form does not guarantee that you will be eligible to receive any disaster relief assistance. Filling out the survey is not a substitution for filing a claim with your insurance.

The County proclaimed a local emergency Monday since federal and state assistance may be needed due to flooding damage from the storm. Photos submitted through the survey should clearly show the flooding impact being reported, such as a water line.


Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Resources

Are You Looking for Assistance with Your Small Business?

Discover the range of San Diego and Imperial Valley SBDC services provided to assist you in starting, growing, and succeeding with your small business. Services offered span topics including accounting, marketing, human resources, technology security, manufacturing, distribution, and finance.

Request for Assistance from SBDC Follow the link to request assistance from the San Diego SBDC Network. You will be contacted within the next 1-2 business days.

Free Online Business Training Topics

Marketing Power Hour (English/Espanol): 2/5 from 5-6 p.m. (PST)

Procurement Forum: 2/5 from 4-5 p.m. (PST)

SBIR Writing Group (ZOOM): 2/5 from 5-6:30 p.m. (PST)

Campamento Intensivo de Mercadotecnia (Espanol): 2/6 from 3-5 p.m. (PST)

How Successful Companies Use Social Media: 2/6 from 10 a.m. - noon (PST)

Start Your Email List: 2/6 from 9-10 a.m. (PST)

Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) Workshop & Reception: 2/7 from 3:30 -6:30 p.m. (PST)

Creating a Sales Plan That Produces Long-term Results: 2/7 from 3-5 p.m. (PST)

Google My Business: Get Your Local Business on Google Search and Maps: 2/7 from 9-10 a.m. (PST)

City of Escondido Economic Development Contacts

Request a Meeting with Our Team

Thinking about starting a business? Already have a business and need additional support? Have a property and looking for tenants or starting improvements? Reach out and we can help you navigate City and community resources to achieve your goals.

The Economic Development Team are always available to help with questions or connecting you to the right resources. Do not hesitate to reach out!

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Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Review

On June 7, 2023 the Escondido City Council approved the 2023-2028 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). This document outlines data and community feedback about the City's economy and outlines a five-year plan to improve the local economy.

Let's dive into the SWOT section of the CEDS:

Stem Degree Growth: While Escondido has lagged behind its neighbors in higher educational attainment, as well as STEM degrees among college graduates, those gaps have been closing as a result of increased access to higher education and cost of living pressures in other parts of North County. Additionally, there has been growth in the number of degrees granted in STEM at North County universities and colleges in recent years. Escondido's relatively small STEM-industry labor pool had discouraged such businesses from establishing themselves in the City. The growth of this labor pool offers some incentive for technological and scientific firms, the bedrock of San Diego's economic resilience and high incomes, to consider moving to the City.

Additionally, aside from the City's ability to recruit firms, the growth in STEM degree graduates would still improve the City's overall economic resilience, as STEM jobs, especially those that require college degrees, typically command higher salaries and are less susceptible to economic downturns or offshoring than non-STEM and non-degreed jobs.



Domestic Violence

Last week, a domestic violence incident occurred where the female victim was subjected to numerous acts of violence both physically and mentally. The female was held by the male overnight, enduring the abuse. The male tied her up in the home and then decided to tie her up in their vehicle and began to drive her around. At one point, she was able to break free from her ties, while he was out of the car. As soon as she was free, the female ran to a nearby store, where the employees called 911 for her. Officer and detectives immediately began working together to try and find the male. Using numerous investigative tools and partnerships with federal and international agencies, it was determined the male was probably trying to flee to South America. Fortunately, because of those international partnerships, the male was apprehended in Mexico. He is currently in custody in Mexico for gun charges (a gun was used during the crimes here). The men and women of the police department, as well as their partners, both federally and internationally, worked diligently to make sure this violent criminal will be brought to justice.

Community Resources

Anonymous Tip Line: 760-743-8477 (TIPS)

Crime Data/Mapping: https://www.crimemapping.com/

Helicopter Announcement Transcription:

Call 858-866-4356 or text "Hello" to 858-866-4356

Megan's Law Information: https://www.meganslaw.ca.gov/

Mental Health & Crisis Intervention:

Access and Crisis Line: 888-724-7240

It's Up to Us Campaign: www.Up2sd.org

Get Connected. Get Help: Dial 211

National Drug Helpline: https://drughelpline.org/contact/ or call 844-289-0879

Non-Emergency Line: 760-839-4722



Garage Fire

On January 22, 2024 at approximately 12:11 p.m., the Escondido Police and Fire Communication Center received reports of a residential structure fire located at the 2000 block of Roseann Ave. Fire units observed smoke showing from a distance and requested a working fire upgrade for additional resources. The first arriving engine reported a well involved, working structure fire located in the garage area.

Aggressive action by the firefighters located, contained, and controlled the fire activity in about 20 minutes from time of dispatch. The fire from the garage spread throughout the attic space causing further damage and requiring significant overhaul to completely extinguish. Electrical and gas utilities were secured to safely extinguish the fire and prevent further hazards. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters. The cause of the fire is under investigation.



Permits and Inspections:


Building Division:

The counter staff conducted in-person meetings with 80 applicants, processed 51 applications, and issued 42 permits.

The total permit valuation for the week was $ 823,687.00.

Building inspectors completed 184 inspections.

Field Engineering Division:

Field Engineering processed 16 permits.

Field Engineering inspectors completed 15 inspections.

Field Engineering active 321 permits

Development and Capital Projects Update:

Curious what's happening with development projects around the City? The link below directs to an interactive dashboard of projects currently in various stages of the development process. Browse project descriptions, see locations on the map, browse photos and more.

City of Escondido Project Dashboard

To learn about previous applications for residential and commercial development permits, please visit the Development Project Information Archive page or contact the Planning Division.


If you would like to receive this report by email on Thursdays, email: mthorne@escondido.org.